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12 Best Gifts for Physics Teachers in 2021

Physics teachers are tough to find gifts for. They tend to want things that are practical yet unique and a little nerdy. Being a physics fan myself, I wanted to assemble what I think are the best gift ideas for a physics teacher. This collection will show them that you understand their love of physics and support them in their passions. 

This list is a compilation of my favorites from around the internet. Some are our own Genius Lab Gear inventions and some we’re just jealous we didn’t think of first! Some external links in this page are from affiliates, which means that any purchase of the items after clicking the link will result in a small monetary referral fee paid back to Genius Lab Gear at no cost to you. We appreciate your support which allows us to continue inventing and testing the best tools for scientists on the planet!

1. The Pocket Scientist pocket ruler and equation reference

Your favorite physics teacher will never forget this unique gift! They will carry this credit card-sized science and engineering ruler with them every day for a lifetime. We even laser-engraved the backside full of basic science equations and physical constants. See the product page for a full list of features we've packed in!

Available with free shipping from our website or from Amazon.

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The Pocket Scientist at Genius Lab Gear

The Pocket Scientist from Amazon

How to use The Pocket Scientist – Full Feature Guide


P.S. We also have versions specifically for Chemists and Engineers if those are a better fit for the person you have in mind! 

2. 3D Crystal Ball with Solar System Model

It's time to treat the person who taught you with a one-of-a-kind present that avoids the traditional gift card. Now is not the time to overthink it; instead, get something simple, something that they are passionate about. Allow your favorite physics teacher to enjoy the wonders of our solar system daily with this 3D Solar System crystal ball! Keeping this on their desk will give thema constant 360-degree perspective of our universe.

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3. Physics Word Magnets for the fridge or office

Science-themed gifts are rarely as entertaining and enduring as our science-themed word magnet sets! We recently launched these to encourage creativity and self-expression in labs, classrooms and offices. Each specialty pack comes with 144 tiles carefully designed by a PhD in that field for technical accuracy and tacit absurdity.

The Physics Word Magnet set was designed with help from professional physicists and physics teachers, who chose words to make it both science-y and humorous. These are just plain fun!

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4. Elenco FM Radio Kit

Let your physics teacher relax, take a break from teaching, and take time for themselves to have fun building this FM Radio kit! This kit is a monophonic FM (frequency modulation) receiver that searches for FM stations using an electrical auto-scan. This scan mechanism utilizes two button switches: one scans up, while the other resets the tuning position to the beginning. It’s a fun DIY project that they could also share with their physics club students or build it with their family!

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5. 2022 This Day in Science Boxed Calendar: 365 Groundbreaking Discoveries, Inspiring People, and Incredible Facts

Exceptional science has never been more inspiring—or more vital. This 2022 calendar features groundbreaking new discoveries that will fill your favorite physics teacher’s year with 365 days of unbelievable wonders! They will surely enjoy entries from physics like on July 4, 2012: Physicists discover the Higgs Boson particle, which explains a crucial theory of particle physics. It’s chock full of fun facts from the latest advances in medicine and technology to new findings in evolution, engineering, and the cosmos.

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6. Best books for a physics teacher to read for pleasure (not textbooks!)

Teachers spend a ton of time reading textbooks and science news articles. It’s important to occasionally break that cycle and dive into a book for pleasure. Below are a few of our favorite physics-related books that will be an enjoyable read for a physics teacher.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition

Richard Feynman was an American theoretical physicist. For his work on the development of quantum field theory, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1965. He was also one of the most well-known and admired figures of the twentieth century, both in the field of physics and in the public sphere. He inspired people around the world with his passion, hard work, and just plain curiosity. What’s a better gift for a physics teacher than a book from the subject's greatest teacher?

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

This is another amazing book written by the great Richard Feynman that will make the perfect gift for your physics teacher. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is filled with funny, clever, and surprisingly inspiring stories about the late, great educator and science communicator. It is made up of a series of anecdotes and stories and spans Richard Feynman's life from his youth through the late 1970s.

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

This book is perfect as a gift for your physics teacher that seems to always have all the answers. There’s always some question that we’ve been wondering about but are afraid to ask. What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter Scale 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? Randall Munroe's "What If?" book has the answer to these seemingly ludicrous questions and will have them laughing out loud as they explore it.

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7. Levitating Air Bonsai Pot

Still not sure what physics gift to get for your teacher? This cool and unique levitating bonsai pot might be the one you’re looking for. Students might at first think it’s magic but the teacher can explain it’s just physics! The bonsai pot levitates by means of magnetics. Magnetic levitation (maglev) or magnetic suspension is a way of suspending an object using just magnetic fields as support. This would make great decor for a teacher’s table and as a demonstration to the class about the concept of maglev.

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8. Physics Necktie

The physics necktie is the ideal finishing touch for a work outfit, and it gives your favorite physics teacher the unique blend of physics and fashion that they've been dying for. This one-of-a-kind gift for physics fans has physics equations and can be worn for nearly any occasion. Crafted in 100% microfiber, you can be certain that this physics necktie will impress no matter where they go.

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9. FerroFluid Display for Desk Ornament

If the gifts above aren’t yet what you’re after, check out this ferrofluid magnetic display bottle. Ferrofluid is made up of coated magnetite nanoparticles suspended in a liquid. When a magnet isn't present, ferrofluid behaves like a liquid. The mysterious dark fluid can be shaped into drips, bits, spikes, and more by using any simple magnet. They actually help visualize the magnetic field! It's relaxing and entertaining to play with, and it demonstrates the wonders of physics.

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10. Classroom Physics Posters - Set of 12

If you’re looking for a gift that your physics teacher can use in the classroom, then check out these decorative and functional physics posters. Students will be engaged and inspired by these visually appealing and attention-getting physics posters. The charts are a terrific approach to help students understand the scope and range of physics while also providing a colorful classroom environment that your physics teacher will surely love. We love that they cover every basic physics topic including forces, speed and acceleration, internal energy, and many more!

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11. Musical Tesla Coil

Thanks to the legendary Nikola Tesla, you can now give the perfect gift to your physics teacher. Make your physics teacher geek out on science by gifting them their very own mini musical Tesla coil. This amazing gizmo is both a nerdy gadget and speaker. You’ll be surprised by how much noise it creates. It can be connected to a phone via Bluetooth while electric arcs fly around that you can safely touch with your fingers. It’s a perfect educational toy that can also be used during class as a physics demonstration.

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12. Cognitive Surplus Physics Notebook

This physics-themed notebook from the wonderful designers at Cognitive Surplus is an excellent gift that they can use daily in the classroom. The hardcover physics design adds some subtle style to their normally utilitarian gear. The hardcover is also waterproof so no worries about spilling coffee all over it! Did we mention that it’s made from 100% recycled material?!

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It’s a very popular gift in the STEM community so check them out on Amazon.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is the best gift for a physics teacher?

Anything that's practical, functional or can help them show their love for physics. Here are our favorites:

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